The Byzness

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The Byzness, 17th of November, 2013

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Dear Colleagues,

As a Byzantinist working in Turkey, I feel the obbligation to share with the larger community of Byzantinists around the world, the latest in a series of statements by high ranking Turkish politicians about the conversion of the Aya Sofya in Istanbul into a mosque.

The interview below is with Vice PM Bulent Arinc, a member of the AKP ruling party and, commonly regarded as a moderate within the party and vis-a-vis PM Erdogan.  In the interview, Arinc does put forth a strongand unconditional wish to see the Aya Sofya open for “ibadet”.  Arinc does also pride himself for the successful conversion of two other Aya Sofya in Turkey – Iznik and Trabzon.

This email is to encourage all Byzantine Studies National Committees to initiate an internal dialogue among their constituencies in order to verify sentiments about this proposal and, to discuss a sustainable course of action.  Please, do feel free to circulate it widely.

In advance, I would like to extend my gratitude to those who will take this matter at heart.


Alessandra Ricci


Hans Buchwald died in Vienna on 31 October after a fall. He began his career as a junior fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, before moving to Harvard to teach history of medieval architecture in the architecture school, and then entering architectural practice in Cambridge (Mass) and after that Stuttgart.  But he kept up his frequent publications on Byzantine architecture until the end of his life. Very shortly before he died he learned that he had become a grandfather.

Margaret Mullett

Please find the program here for the series of scholarly events organized by the National Gallery of Art and Dumbarton Oaks in connection with the exhibition “Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections”.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the opening of the following website, on the
visual reconstruction of late antiquity. 

This is a research project of the University of Kent, supported by the
Leverhulme Trust, undertaken by 2 academics, 5 doctoral students and 2

Our gallery is now live, with a suite of images reconstructing the visit
of Augustine to Ostia in A.D. 387 as described in Confessions book IX.
It will be updated with scenes of everyday life over the next six months.

Please pass this on to your students and anyone interested in late

Best wishes
Luke Lavan

Dear Colleagues,
The BSANA webpage on graduate programs in North America needs to be updated.  Please take a moment to review the information pertinent to your institution:
At the top of the page there are instructions about submitting the updates to the webmaster.
Vasileios Marinis
Assistant Professor of Christian Art and Architecture

Institute of Sacred Music
Yale University
Please find here the programme for a one-day colloquium in Trinity College, entitled “The Ends of Civilisation? Urban and Monumental Continuity in the Late Antique Mediterranean”
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The fourth annual Florovsky Patristic Symposium at Princeton will take place on February 14-15. This year’s theme is “The Doctrine of Creation in the Patristic Tradition.” Please find the announcement here:
and the Call for Papers here:


Call for Papers Extended to November 30, 2013

2014 Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and the Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Chair of Byzantine Studies at Hellenic College invite proposals for the 2014 Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies, which will be held at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA on February 27–March 1, 2014. Brookline is located just outside Boston and is easily reached from any metropolitan location.

We welcome graduate student proposals for papers in all subjects, disciplines, and methodologies related to Byzantine studies broadly conceived. We invite proposals in two different categories: 20-minute conference papers and dissertation reports. Dissertation reports of about 5–7 pages will be delivered in a seminar setting; conference participants will have a chance to read the reports ahead of time to encourage dialogue.

Fr. Justin Sinaites, the Librarian of the Sacred and Imperial Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount of Sinai, will deliver the keynote address, “The Sinai Palimpsest Project: Piercing the Mists of Time.

Proposals for either type of paper should be emailed to Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture ( by November 30, 2013. Please see submission instructions below. Notifications will be given by December 16, 2013. An accepted paper represents a commitment from the contributor to present his or her paper in person at the conference. 

Registration will open December 1, 2013 and close January 27, 2014. The registration fee for the conference is $25. Partial financial aid for students outside the Boston area who could not otherwise attend is available. For registration, financial aid, and lodging information visit the Mary Jaharis Center website (

Submission Instructions

Submissions for either paper format should be emailed by November 30, 2013 to Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture ( Submissions should include two files submitted in .doc and in .pdf formats (for a total of four files).  

File 1: A cover sheet with name, address, academic affiliation, email address for correspondence, paper title, paper type (20-minute paper or dissertation report), and any special equipment needed for your presentation.

File 2: An abstract of no more than 500 words that does not include the author’s name or other identification. Please use a Unicode font for non-Roman characters.

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Please find here a job listing from the University of Oregon for the position of Assistant Professor in Medieval History of Art and Architecture.
The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (VIT, in Florence) and the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations of Koç University (RCAC, in Istanbul) offer a joint, one-year fellowship. Scholars will spend the Fall semester at one center, and the Spring semester at the other. Here they will carry out projects that represent advanced research in any aspect of the interaction between Italy and the Byzantine or the Ottoman Empire (ca. 1300 to ca. 1700). Subjects covered include art, architecture, archaeology, history, literature, material culture, music, philosophy, religion, and science.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2014-2015
The Center for the Study of Christianity at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellowship in one of the following areas of study:
 New Testament, Early Christianity, its literature and Jewish context
 Eastern Christianity
 Christianity in Palestine/Eretz-Israel (in all fields and throughout its entire history)
 Jewish-Christian relations
What the CSC is offering:
 The successful candidate will be awarded for one year (or 6 months), beginning on 1 October 2014, a grant of $2000 per month
 Travel expenses
 Library privileges at the Hebrew University
The postdoctoral fellow is expected to pursue her/his own research and publications, and to participate in the ongoing academic activities of the CSC. The fellow will be expected to deliver one or two lectures about her/his own research, and to be present in the Hebrew University for the duration of the fellowship. The fellowship requires residence in Jerusalem.
Candidates should have received their Ph.D. degree after 1 July 2001 and before 1 July 2014 at the latest, from an institution other than the Hebrew University.
1. A letter of interest including an indication of the other institutes to which she/he have applied (maximum of 500 words)
2. Curriculum vitae
3. A list of publications
4. A research project description (maximum of 1000 words)
5. Two letters of recommendation (one from her/his Ph.D. supervisor)
6. An official copy of her/his Ph.D. degree certificate or Ph.D. submission
All application materials must be submitted via the online application form. The letters of recommendation should be sent by the evaluators directly to our e-mail
Only once we receive the letters of reference will the application be considered.
Deadline for applications: 1 February 2014. A decision will be announced by April 2014.
Should you have any queries or require further information you may contact us at:
The Center for the Study of Christianity (CSC) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem invites applications for a one-year or six-month Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in one of several fields, including Early Christianity, Christianity in Palestine/Eretz-Israel, and Eastern Christianity. The application deadline is February 1, 2014, and further details may be found here.
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